We've all taken surveys, but how do we construct valid, useful surveys? Here, we provide links to online resources that illustrate good methods for developing questionnaires and surveys.
Survey Design Resources
- Get access to Qualtrics by reading and filling out the Qualtrics Access Form.
- Learn to how to use Qualtrics at Kenyon from the Qualtrics Beginner's Guide.
- For information about Qualtrics' security please read the Security White Paper.
Survey Design and Question Wording
- A peer reviewed article of suggested methods for creating a survey
- A research methods course at UC Davis has online modules on aspects of research in Psychology, such as scaling and questionnaire construction.
- The Qualtrics blog provides a list of the most common mistakes made in question writing.
- Multiple pages on questionnaire design, including question wording, are available from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
- Iowa State University Extension services suggestions for Likert scale wording.
- Contact the Institutional Review Board to check if your survey requires IRB approval.
- Kenyon students can use Qualtrics Survey Software for survey building and analysis.
- The LBIS website includes a portal to Kenyon College’s holdings, including access to electronic databases such as the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) collection. To access this resource from the above link, select “Databases A-Z” then go to "D-E" and select “ERIC” from the list of databases.